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Claremont Institute’s Annual Gala

Honoring  Florida Governor Ron DeSantis

Recipient of the Claremont Institute Statesmanship Award


With Master of Ceremonies Michael Knowles

Saturday, October 23, 2021


Beverly Wilshire Hotel

9500 Wilshire Boulevard

Beverly Hills, CA


Saturday, October 23
5:30pm reception, 6:30pm dinner

Cocktail Attire

Master of Ceremonies

Michael Knowles


Larry P. Arnn is the twelfth president of Hillsdale College. He received his B.A. in 1974 from Arkansas State University, graduating with the highest distinction. He received his M.A. in Government in 1976 and his Ph.D. in Government in 1985 from the Claremont Graduate School. He also studied in England from 1977 to 1980, first as a research student in International History at the London School of Economics, and then in Modern History at Worcester College, Oxford University. While in England, he also served as director of research for the late Sir Martin Gilbert, the official biographer of Winston Churchill. He returned to the United States in 1980 to become an editor for Public Research, Syndicated, and from 1985-2000 he served as president of the Claremont Institute, an education and research institution based in Southern California. While at Claremont, he was the founding chairman of the California Civil Rights Initiative, which was passed by California voters in 1996 and prohibited racial preferences in state hiring, contracting, and admissions.


Dr. Arnn is on the board of directors of the Heritage Foundation, the Henry Salvatori Center of Claremont McKenna College, the Intercollegiate Studies Institute, and the Claremont Institute. He served on the U.S. Army War College Board of Visitors for two years for which he earned the Department of the Army’s “Outstanding Civilian Service Medal.”

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis


In 2015, Dr. Arnn received the Bradley Prize from the Lynde and Harry Bradley Foundation. He is a member of the American Political Science Association, the International Churchill Society, the Mont Pelerin Society, the Philadelphia Society, and the Philanthropy Roundtable. Published widely in national newspapers, magazines and periodicals on issues of public policy, history and political theory, he is the author of three books: Liberty and Learning: The Evolution of American Education; The Founders’ Key: The Divine and Natural Connection between the Declaration and The Constitution and What We Risk by Losing It; and Churchill’s Trial: Winston Churchill and the Salvation of Free Government.


Dr. Arnn and his wife, Penelope, have four children, Katy, Henry, Alice, and Tony.

At our 40th Anniversary Gala, Secretary of State Mike Pompeo, recipient of the 2019 Statesmanship Award, delivered a groundbreaking address outlining the core principles guiding the Administration’s foreign policy. We invite you to read the transcript here.